No. 1 Duke (16-1, 6-1 ACC) vs. Maryland (5-8, 1-6 ACC)
Friday, March 28 | 3 p.m.
College Park, Md. | The Tennis Center at College Park
No. 1 Duke (16-1, 6-1 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (4-7, 0-7 ACC)
Sunday, March 30 | 10 a.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa. | Alpha Tennis Center
DURHAM, N.C. – The top-seeded Duke women’s tennis team takes to the road for two conference matchups over the weekend. The Blue Devils open play against Maryland in College Park, Md., Friday at 3 p.m., before traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Pittsburgh Sunday at 10 a.m. Duke enters Friday’s contest on an eight-match win streak that dates back to Feb. 23. The Blue Devils’ downed Northwestern, 5-2, Wednesday, bringing their non-conference record to a perfect 10-0.
Maryland Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Terrapins, 38-8. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Duke fell to Maryland, 4-3, on April 19, 2013. The loss snapped a seven-match win streak that the Blue Devils held over Maryland, dating back to April 2, 2006. Duke at one point owned a 25-match win streak against the Terrapins that started on March 15, 1986 and extended until April 3, 2004. In the 41 meetings between the two programs, Duke has outscored Maryland, 277-37.
Scouting the Terrapins
The Terrapins currently own a 5-8 overall ledger and a 1-6 conference mark. Maryland opened the 2014 season with four consecutive wins before dropping three straight matches. The Terrapins enter Friday’s contest on a five-match losing streak.
Maryland’s Nataliya Bredikhina returns to the Terrapins with the second most singles wins in the 2012-13 season, amassing a 9-12 overall record during her freshman campaign. Bredikhina owns a 6-6 mark this season, and most often plays at the No. 4 position.
In doubles, the sister duo of Nataliya Bredikhina and Olga Bredikhina sit at 9-3 in doubles play this season. The pair once again leads the Terrapins in doubles wins after a 2012-13 season that saw the tandem amass a record of 8-10.
Pittsburgh Series History
Sunday’s contest between Duke and Pittsburgh marks the first time the two teams meet.
Scouting the Panthers
The Panthers enter Sunday’s match with a 4-7 overall record and an 0-7 conference ledger. After opening the season with a three-match win streak, Pittsburgh dropped five consecutive contests. The Panthers have not secured a win against a nationally ranked opponent this season.
In singles, the Panthers are led by the play of Audrey Ann Blakely, who owns a 14-4 overall record and a 3-3 conference mark. Blakely posted a victory over a ranked opponent earlier in the season. In doubles, Blakely has played well in doubles this season, boasting a 16-5 overall doubles record. Blakely is 8-2 when paired with teammate Amanda Wickman, and 7-2 when teamed with Kimmy Borza.
Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth needs just one win to reach 400 career wins at Duke. In his 18th season at Duke, Ashworth has amassed a record of 399-94 (.809). During his tenure, Ashworth has led the Blue Devils to eight NCAA semifinal matches, two NCAA Championship contests and the ACC Tournament Championship eight times. Duke reached the NCAA Tournament all 17 seasons with Ashworth at the helm.
Jodoin Joins the 100-Win Club
Jodoin eclipsed the 100-win mark on Feb. 23, defeating Syracuse’s Komal Safdar, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 6 position. Since surpassing 100 wins, Jodoin won six consecutive matches, bringing her career record to 106-39. Jodoin is a near-perfect 12-2 in dual matches this season and owns a perfect 5-0 ledger at the No. 5 position. Jodoin has also proven herself a tough conference matchup, defeating 23 of her 24 conference opponents during her time at Duke.
Three with 20 Wins
The Blue Devils boast three players who have eclipsed the 20-win mark this season, with Beatrice Capra, Ester Goldfeld and Marianne Jodoin winning 23, 22 and 21 matches, respectively. Capra, who has faced 19 ranked opponents this season and defeated 15, leads the Blue Devils with 23 wins. Goldfeld, Duke’s second-winningest singles player this season, also has performed well against nationally ranked opponents, compiling a 9-2 ledger. Jodoin, the third-winningest singles player this season, enters Friday’s contest on a six-match win streak.
Ashworth returns to his alma mater, Maryland, on Friday. While attending Maryland from 1990-1994, Ashworth was a four-year letterwinner as member of the tennis program. During his junior and senior seasons, Ashworth served as a captain of the Terrapins’ tennis team.
No. 3 Positions
Duke remains undefeated at the No. 3 position in singles play this season. The Blue Devils are a perfect 14-0 on court three in singles, with senior Hanna Mar posting a perfect 8-0 mark in the No. 3 position. Duke is also a near-perfect 11-1 at the No. 3 position in doubles this season, with the duo of senior Marianne Jodoin and freshman Alyssa Smith contributing a 6-0 record.